- UUA Matters: Propose a Congregational Study/Action Issue
Is there an issue that you think would benefit from four years of study and action by UU congregations as a Congregational Study/Action Issue (CSAI)? Is it an issue that hasn’t already been the subject of the CSAI process?
Consider making a proposal for General Assembly 2018. Proposals are due by October 1, 2017. For more information about the process, instructions on submitting, and a list of previous CSAIs, visit the UUA website. Send questions and submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- UUA Matters: Southern Region Newsletter: Mid-September Edition
- October 7: UUFA Team for the Annual Athens Aids Walk 2017?!?
Join the UUFA Team for the Annual Athens Aids Walk 2017 on Saturday, October 7, 2017!
Location: Starting and ending at Creature Comforts Brewery, 271 W. Hancock Avenue
Registration options: $25 includes event t-shirt or free without event t-shirt
- October 1–You’re Invited: Social Action Committee (SAC)
Be the change you want to see in the world. You are invited to attend the next meeting of the Social Action Committee (SAC) Sunday, October 1, beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the front office.
Can’t attend? If you would like to know what transpires in the UUFA SAC, join the SAC listerv here: http://lists.uuathensga.org/listinfo.cgi/social_action-uuathensga.org This listserv will let you know what transpires not only in the UUFA SAC but also in the local Athens area in terms of social action. Everyone is encouraged to sign up!
For more information, contact SAC Chair David Jarrett (email@example.com).
The Social Action Committee is part of UUFA’s Justice Cluster.
- Sermon Discussion Group After the Service
Dive into the Sermon Inspired to go deeper? Ever want to talk about ideas and feelings generated from the Sunday Service? You are invited to join a discussion group that will meet once monthly following the 4th Sunday Lunch. At these gatherings, you will have the opportunity to join a dialog on the theme of the service, beginning with the questions posted in the order of service. No registration required. Group will meet from 12:30 – 2:30 in Sofa Room. All are welcome! Group Facilitator: Michelle Leebens-Mack, firstname.lastname@example.org, 706-410-6454. September’s topic is “To Forgive.” Join Us!
- 4th Sunday Lunch–Romanian dishes!
Sour-Cherry Soup (Meggykeszoce)
Chicken Paprika (Csirke Paprikas) & Rice/Egg Noodles (Levesbe)
Pork, Cabbage, and Potato Goulash (Szekely Gulyas)
Potato & Vegetable Goulash (Vegetáriánus Gulyas)
Squash & Bean Goulash (Vegetáriánus Gulyas)
Potato & Egg Casserole (Rakett Krumpli)
Sides & Salads
Beet Salad (Gellert Salata)
Cauliflower (Sult Karfiol)
Cole Slaw (Kaposztasalata)
Tomato & Cucumber Salad (Paradiscom Uborka Salata)
Eggplant Spread (Zakuska)
Assorted Cakes, Cookies, & Pastries
*A $5 donation is asked for the work of the UUFA.
- Sanctuary Movement Team: You’re Invited
Join us for the next gathering of the Sanctuary Movement Team on second Thursday of the month–October 12–beginning at 7 p.m. in the sofa room.
To join the Sanctuary Movement Team listserv, click here or go to https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/uufa-sanctuary-movement-team/join
Need more information? Contact Chase White (email@example.com or 864.238.1870) or visit http://www.uua.org/immigration/witness/partners/newsanctuary.
- Tickets Available ONLY this Sunday! Are You Ready For Fun?
Enjoyable Entertainment Events Are Here! This Sunday, September 24th is the time to buy tickets for your choice of events. There are nine fun and interesting events that have been planned by our fellow members for the first half of the program year. Come prepared with your calendar and checkbook.
Following are the events:
A Creative Soiree October 6 6 to 8:00PM $15.00
Picnic and Tour of Sweet Olive Farm October 28 11 to 1:00
$10. adult $5. child $20. family
Tapas and Tasting of Wines from South America November 4 $50.00
Game Night November 17 7 – 9:00PM $15.00
Munchkins and Munchies November 25 4:00-6:00 $15.00
Festive December Brunch December 9 10:30 $20.00
Cowboy Grub and Sing-a-Long January 5 $20.00
Cranium and Gourmet Ice Cream January 13 2-4:00 $10.00
People, Prose, Poetry and Pie January 20 $15.00
If you have questions or can’t make it this Sunday, please contact Jane Mayer (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Carol-Lee Baker (email@example.com).
- DACA Renewal: Can you help?
from JoBeth Allen, Co-director, U-Lead Athens, a UUFA Justice Cluster partner:As you have heard by now, the current administration ended Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Many people are outraged and wondering what they can do. There are over 100 people just that I know of in the Athens area who have this protection from deportation, work permit, and as a result, driver licenses. They will lose all these things if Congress does not do something to replace DACA (please contact your Senators and urge them to support the Dream Act 2017, an excellent bipartisan bill).There is a small window of safety for some DACA holders. If their DACA expires before March 5 2018, they can renew it if they file before October 5. We can help! U-Lead Athens is spreading the message far and wide that we will help people in this situation file their renewals. We do this free of charge; lawyers charge a fee. The Department of Homeland Security charges $495. We would like to pay whatever part of this fee the DACA holder cannot. We know we have 10 people coming to renew. We hope to have more in the next few days.———————————————————————————-On Sundays, September 24 and October 1, a donation basket will be available.Please make all checks to U-Lead Athens, writing DACA on the memo line.Not at UUFA this Sunday? Mail all checks to U-Lead Athens, 130 Hope Avenue, Athens, GA 30606.
- September 25: Building the World We Dream About The first session of this adult religious exploration curriculum was held Saturday, and we managed to cover both of the first workshops that morning. Our next session will be next Monday, September 25, in the sofa room at UUFA. We’ll start at 7, and end at 9 or before. Even if you cannot attend every session, we hope you’ll attend when you can.If you want to know some of what we did on Saturday, check out workshops 1 and 2 on the UUA website: http://www.uua.org/re/tapestry
Additional meeting dates: Mondays—October 9 and 23, November 6—and Saturday, November 18. The Saturday sessions meet from 9:30-12:30; the Monday sessions from 7-9 PM.
This series of classes is facilitated by Hilda Kurtz and Vivian Preston Sellers.
- New Member Ceremony, Sun., Oct. 8
Are you ready to become a member of UUFA?
If so, the next New Member Ceremony will be held during worship services on Sun., Oct. 8, 2017. Please stop by the Visitor Table to sign a Covenant of Membership form. This starts a process of making your commitment of time, talent and treasure to UUFA.
Larry Dendy, chair of the Membership Committee, will get in touch with you about including you in the New Member Ceremony after receiving your Covenant. After filling it out, just leave it at the Visitor’s Table.
Not yet ready to join but want to know more about UUFA? Then also stop by the Visitor’s Table to sign up for the next ‘New to UUFA’ class to be scheduled in November or December. It will begin at 8:45 am with coffee and conversation.
- Sun., Oct. 8, Bring your Stuffed Animal for a Blessing
Bless your stuffed animal (or mineral or vegetable)!
During the Sunday services on Oct. 8, we’ll have an alternative to a live animal blessing. No matter your age, if you’d like some stuffed comfort item to be blessed, bring it with you to the Fellowship that morning.
- Money Minds Wanted
Are you afraid of numbers? Do you regularly avoid looking at your bank account? Do you make foolish decisions around spending your money?
If you said “No” to the above, then please say “Yes!” and join the Finance Committee.
The Finance Committee (FC) meets once a month (3rd Mondays) to check in with the Treasurer and Bookkeeper to monitor and guide our income and expenses. Once a month they take a turn at counting the offering during a Sunday service. You do NOT need to be an accountant to join the FC.
Please contact Rich Rayburn, FC Chair, about your interest in participating in this important work for the Fellowship.
- October 1: Cause of the Month Conversation–Our Partner Church
Please join the Cause of the Month Conversation on Sunday, October 1, from 10:05-10:50 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall to learn more about our partner church in Okland, Transylvania. Heather Kleiner will facilitate this interactive informational session.
- UUA Matters: Love Resists–Three Things You Can Do to Support Dreamers
When one of us is at risk of deportation, none of us are truly free and beloved. When policymakers target people who are served by programs like Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS), we refuse to be divided.
Our partners are calling us to take immediate action, knowing the defense of DACA recipients, the “Dreamers,” is just one step in our work to ensure safety, dignity, and a clear path to residency and citizenship for all 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.
The Love Resists Campaign, sponsored by the UUA and the UUSC, is activating people of faith and conscience to resist the criminalization of our neighbors and communities, and create a safer, more just, welcoming, and sustainable world.
- Can you CANtribute?
As of August 31, UUFA is in fifth place in the friendly competition among the 25 faith communities who CANtribute regularly to the Athens Area Emergency Food Bank.
With our year-to-date CANtributions of 1196 items, we are 2000 items out of first place! 🙁
However, we are only 35 items away from fourth place!
The wicker basket as you enter the sanctuary is willing and able to receive your CANtributions.
Not a fan of shopping? Savvy Social Action Committee (SAC) shoppers will convert your monetary donation to nonperishable food items. See any member of SAC.
- Tai Chi Flow Classes starting 9/19
Come join us for some Tai Chi and Qigong! Tuesday nights at 6pm, beginning 9/19. in the Sanctuary. Includes self-massage, breathing exercises, and simple moves for meditation, balance, and fitness. You don’t need to know anything about Tai Chi, just follow along! Join in anytime. Contact Jackie or Bill Pierson – firstname.lastname@example.org or 706-850-0713.
- Dive into the Sermon: A Sunday Small Group Ministry Group
Inspired to go deeper? Ever want to talk about ideas and feelings generated from the Sunday Service? You are invited to join a Small Group Ministry group that will meet once monthly following the 4th Sunday Lunch. At these gatherings, you will have the opportunity to join a dialog on the theme of the service, beginning with the questions posted in the order of service. No registration required.
Group will meet from 12:30 – 2:30 in Sofa Room. All are welcome! Group Facilitator: Michelle Leebens-Mack, email@example.com, 706-410-6454.
The upcoming September topic is “To Forgive.” Join Us!
- Child Dedication on Sunday, Nov. 19
A Child to Dedicate?
If you would like your child/ren to be dedicated during the Sunday, November 19, 2017, worship service, please contact Rev. Alison (firstname.lastname@example.org)
. We dedicate children newly born, newly adopted, or new to Unitarian Universalism. This naming ceremony celebrates new life into the world and into the care of our community.
Can’t make this date? Another date will be chosen in the spring. Please let Rev. Alison Eskildsen know if you have a particular date in mind that works well for your family.
- Thanksgiving at The Mountain
November 22 – November 26 (register for all or part)
Join other UUFA folk at the The Mountain (2 hr from Athens near Highlands) for a traditional Thanksgiving celebration. In addition to the delicious food, there are workshops, hikes, singing, evening programs, bonfires and hot chocolate. Activities: building traditional gingerbread houses, skits, journaling, ropes courses and field games, music-making, learning about the night sky, Cherokee traditions, or plants of The Mountain. Ends with Sunday morning worship. Contact Kathy Stege (who went last year and loved it, and is going again) with questions and to arrange room-mate and carpool. email@example.com 478-955-3422
- September 25: Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition
You are invited to attend the next meeting of the Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition on Monday, September 25, from 7-8:30 p.m. at Oconee Street UMC.
This group is called to do the following:
–Cultivate relationships with undocumented immigrant families and individuals – this is the foundation of what directs us
–Support legal aid defense funding – ALCES and the Latin American Association
—Partner with Community Support for Families in Crisis Due to Deportation/ Detention by providing financial support, becoming a Buddy, advocating for detainees, providing transportation, or becoming a temporary guardian
This group will meet the fourth Monday of every month.
To read what transpired at the August meeting of the Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition, go to https://goo.gl/b2Wij6.
In general, more timely announcements will be presented here on the uuathensga.org/news page, but longer articles and columns by members, friends, and leadership, as well as monthly updates from Social Action Committee and others, will appear on the uuathensga.org/Tapestry page.